Supermarkets at either end of Croydon get involved in Paralympics

Supermarket staff get in the Paralympic spirit

Julia McLean takes at shot at the basket at the Crystal Palace store

Ben Lippett, Rob Dennis, Gareth Histed, Matt Weaver and Darryl Weaver

First published in Local news Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy editor - Croydon and Sutton

Supermarket workers had the chance to enjoy their Paralympic moment when they joined the torch relay.

Workers at Sainsbury’s Warlingham were chosen as part of a 145 strong contingent from the company to take part in the relay on Wednesday August 29, and had their own torches at the store on Friday to share the celebration.

Rob Dennis, Gareth Histed, Ben Lippett, Matt Weaver and Darryl Waver were chosen to after winning the Sainsburys Kent/Surrey Sitting Volleyball regional championship and coming third at the Sainsburys Southern England Zonal championship.

Store Manager, Dave Benstead, said: "It’s a fantastic opportunity for our colleagues and they really deserves it. Across the country, many of our colleagues have helped to raise the profile of the Paralympic Games.

"Our boys have been a fantastic support in driving the Paralympic message across the store and I know they are now looking forward to cheering on Paralympic teams to glory."

Yesterday Lyn Chin Sung, Mark Tolley, Valarie Chapman and Michael McDonagh who work at Sainsbury’s Crystal Palace were invited to watch Paralympic sport following nominations from their colleagues.

At the store during yesterday, shoppers and staff were invited to have a try at wheelchair basketball, taking shots at a miniature hoop from a sitting position as part of Moment in Time, collecting money for charity.

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